The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the "White" Problem in American Studies

  title={The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the "White" Problem in American Studies},
  author={George Lipsitz},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  • G. Lipsitz
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • Sociology
  • American Quarterly
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